Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Eyeliners

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What Are They?

Glitter gel eyeliners to add a bit of sparkle to your look.

 

The Review:

I originally bought the silver colour for my auntie as she was going to a silver themed party. As she didn’t use it, she gave it back to me so I decided to put it on over the liner I already had and it looked so pretty!

The first thing I noticed is the nice, fine brush on the applicator, it made applying the product easy and went on nice and neatly. The second thing I noticed was how pigmented the liner was.

My past experiences with other high street brands of glitter liners have not been very positive as I find that you get a lot of clear gel liner and perhaps a few specs of glitter – hardly the lovely solid glitter line you buy the product for.

These liners however, are beautifully pigmented and give you the full line of glitter. Not only this but it lasts a long time too and after wearing it a few more times, it easily lasts a good 6/7 hours on me.

Anything past that I cannot comment on as I haven’t worn it for longer but it looked exactly same as when first applied after that length of time, AND, without any glittery fallout falling onto my face.

The colour range is great and I now have 4 shades, a silver (Hustle) , a gold (Funk), a black and silver (Rock Chick) and a bright purpley blue (Shake It Up!).

Here are the colours swatched for you

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Worth the Money?

These retail for an amazing £2.99 each and are readily available on the highstreet in places like Superdrug and Boots.

If you ask me, these are an absolute bargain and so pretty on the eyes.  Affordable, gorgeous, readily available and an excellent shade range – what’s not to like?

You can also find these dazzling liners on the Collection website:

http://www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk/eyes/eye-liner/glam-crystals-dazzling-gel-liners.aspx

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Smokey Eyes Mascara

What is it?

A new mascara by Maybelline based on the original Volume Express Colossal but with the addition of black matte eyeshadow to the formula to give a smokey look.

 

The Review

The brush is really big but surprisingly easy to use and control – it grabs all of the lashes including the ones right in the corners. I have to say, I don’t quite understand the addition of the eyeshadow to the formula, to me it doesn’t necessarily look more smokey but does make the lashes noticeably more matte.
I love Maybelline mascaras in general and the original Volume Express is a staple in my make up bag. I can’t really see a smokey effect personally but there is definitely something a bit different about it, to me it seems to give the lashes a really volumising feathery effect.
Worth the Money?
I love this mascara, it’s long wearing, doesn’t flake on me and gives the lashes lots of volume and some added length. I often feel like the more high street or ‘drugstore’ brands’ offering of mascaras are way better value for money and at £7.99 for a tube this one is no different.
This mascara is available from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and as always, the official Maybelline website:

Tangle Teezer

What is it?

A hairbrush that’s known for being good to your hair, its gently detangles with minimal breakage to the hair.

The Tangle Teezer is available in a wide variety of colours- I have the sparkly purple one.

The Review

There really isn’t a huge amount to say about this product – it is simply a brush. Everyone knows (or should!) how to brush their hair, the point of this product however is to make brushing your hair less damaging, even when wet.

As far as I can tell, this makes combing my hair out after I’ve washed it an absolute joy. Simply pull the brush gently through your hair, starting with the ends and working your way up to the top.

I used to use a wide toothed comb which was also effective but took longer, this product however, is much easier, quicker and nicer to hold as its nice a chunky but incredibly light.

It’s a lifesaver for me as often my hair is furiously backcombed etc for work and this just makes getting all the tangles out far less traumatic on both me and my hair 🙂

Worth the Money?

This product costs around the £10 mark which I realise may seem a lot to some people for what is effectively just a hairbrush. Having said this, it really does do what it advertises and I would seriously recommend it for those of you with curly hair which I know can be very hard to manage.

Added to this is that it is really a one time purchase if you look after it. I’ve had mine for over 6 months and have seen no difference in its effectiveness.

This product is available from several shops including Boots but there are many online stores where you may be able to get an even better deal – Amazon is always a good one.

They do not appear to have an official website so here’s the link from Selfridges:

http://www.selfridges.com/en/Beauty/Brand-rooms/Everyday/TANGLE-TEEZER/?brandname=TANGLE+TEEZER&departmentId=19353&cm_mmc=PPC-_-Google-_-na-_-buy%20tangle%20teezer&_$ja=kw:buy+tangle+teezer|cgn:Tangle+teezer|cgid:6353211235|tsid:36981|cn:Search%7c%7cTangle+teezer%7c%7cBW|cid:133483075|lid:5651646390|mt:Broad|nw:search|crid:24410470675&gclid=CPaI8Yfnj7ICFeXMtAodllsA3A

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

What is it?

A top selling mascara that promises to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift AND separate.

The Review

I am a complete ‘drugstore’ mascara kind of girl and never ever felt the need to fork out on high end mascaras. There are some brilliant cheaper ones out there particularly from Maybelline and L’oreal.

I decided to try this one only because of the hype surrounding it and the fact that my boyfriend convinced me to treat myself!

All I can say is WOW. I am so glad I bought this mascara.
The claims made by Benefit were big ones and this mascara had a lot to live up to but in my eyes (see what I did there…) it certainly did just that.

The brush is an absolute delight to use and separates lashes perfectly with hardly a clump in sight and there’s the added bonus on the spikey end to get even the tiniest corner lashes.

When I’m wearing this my lashes look amazing and I always get compliments. I also love the fact that unlike other mascaras that give a good dark look, this doesn’t clump and look really spidery and fake.

The formula is long lasting, gorgeously deep, stays on all day and doesn’t smudge – perfection!

The only thing I will say about this product is that it stays so well that it is more difficult than most other mascaras (even waterproof ones) to take off.

However, if you have an issue with finding most mascaras smudge on you then this could be a good one, and of course knowing that its going to stay looking fresh all day is no bad thing!

Worth the Money?

This is a pricey product – it’s £18.50 for a tube and to me it’s worth it as I have a good set of dark lashes but they’re fairly straight and I would like them to be longer. If your lashes are a key feature or something you feel is lacking then this is perfect. This will certainly be a repurchase for me!

This product is available from Benefit free standing stores, counters at some department stores such as Debenhams and of course, the official online website.

http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/theyre-real?ext_id=ppc_3088_Benefit_Mascara_Sitelink_1&gclid=CPOV6Ky08bECFQFItAodo1QA_A

Look of the Week

 

Eyes:

I started by using Maybelline’s 24hr Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 40 – ‘Permanent Taupe’ as my base all over the lid and up to the crease. I also used my finger to lightly place some along the lower lashes.

Using the Naked palette by Urban Decay I used a flat stiff brush to pat ‘Sidecar’ on top of this on the lid.

Next I used a fluffly dome brush to blend ‘Toasted’ into my crease and on the outer part of my lower lashes.

I then took a smaller stiff dome brush to darken the outer corners with ‘Hustle’.

I then used Stila’s Convertable Eye Colour in ‘Berry’ as a liner along my top and bottom lashes and finished with a coat of Lancome’s Hynose Drama mascara.

 

Cheeks:

I blended MAC’s ‘Tenderling blusher along my cheekbones and up towards my temples.

 

Lips:

The eyes are the focus here so I kept the lips fairly neutral with just a swipe of Barry M’s lipgloss in number 2.

Clarisonic Mia – FULL REVIEW

 

 

What is it?

A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as i know that this works for my skin.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover, or Bioderma and some cotton pads. This is IMPORTANT – the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Other than that, I’m sure no one wants a discoloured brush head if they can help it!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, 20 seconds on your forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The Clarisonic  Mia is hassle free and easy to use and I love the fact it’s travel friendly because its small and the charger is small too – no big cradle like its bigger counterparts!

The Results?

I have been using this for about 10 weeks now and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels. I first used the ‘sensitive’ brush head that comes with the Clarisonic Mia when you purchase it and this seemed to work for my skin, however, I did some research and others have found that switching to the ‘normal’ brush head have resulted in even bigger improvements to the skin.

After discovering this, as my skin isn’t super sensitive I bought the ‘normal’ brush head about 3 weeks in and boy did it make a difference!

Having said this, I thoroughly recommend that if you do purchase this item as I did, you use the ‘sensitive’ brush head for a couple of weeks first as your skin may well respond very well to it. Other than this, the ‘sensitive’ brush head is gentler and is ideal for getting your skin adapted to being cleansed in this way.

My skin is clearer, brighter and softer and just generally looks far more healthy. I think this product is perfect for anyone  who loves a deep cleanse and wants to look after their skin or for those of us with more problematic skin as this product really does cleanse beautifully without irritation or redness.

 

Worth the Money?

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap – it costs £120 … BUT … If your skin is something that makes you feel insecure because you have problems with it then I firmly believe it’s worth every penny.

Even if your skin is ok but you constantly wear a lot of make up and need a thorough clean or you like to really take care of your skin this is ideal.

If you can’t afford it why not chuck it on your birthday/christmas list? That’s what I did 😉

Clarisonic Mia – initial thoughts

What is it?


A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

 

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover. This is IMPORTANT – the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Besides from this I’m sure no one wants a dirty brush head!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20secs on your nose and chin, 20secs on your forehead and 10secs on each cheek.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and have found my skin is brighter, clearer and softer. So far I am absolutely loving it!!

 

Full review of this product will be up in a few weeks in order to be able to give a detailed review 🙂